Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Bafta stars wear black on red carpet

Bafta stars wear black on red carpet

It takes hard work and persistence, and is extremely anxiety-provoking.

"I protested last night because as a survivor of domestic violence, Theresa's Domestic Violence Bill promising more convictions is a personal threat to my safety". Instead of refinancing refuges, reinstating legal aid and providing desperately needed housing for domestic violence survivors, Theresa May continues to turn her back on both survivors and the solutions they need. The group was formed by domestic violence survivors and sector workers in 2014, and now has a network of groups across the country. Of course, this will hit survivors who are already most at-risk of being criminalised the hardest.

Jennnifer Lawrence looked royal in a strapless black number.

"The main thing we want to say tonight is we're here, we're here for you and we will listen", she said.

As a domestic violence support worker I have found this time and time again. While some pointed out that Kate Middleton's position prevented her from making a political statement, others argued that supporting women against harassment was far from political.

She was afraid for her life and tried everything she could get free, including scratching at the perpetrator to make him stop.

So what's in the goodie bags? BAFTAs Inside the BAFTA goodie bag
So what's in the goodie bags? BAFTAs Inside the BAFTA goodie bag

Police were eventually called in to move the group on, as the A-listers made the arrival.

She had no access to an interpreter so couldn't understand what was happening to her.

The men also came in black. If the government's domestic violence and abuse bill centres on the criminal justice system, support services will be left to crumble, and survivors will remain trapped. Refuges are beyond breaking point in England, and stand to be lost nearly completely if the government proceeds with plans to remove their housing benefit funding.

If Theresa May really cared about domestic violence, she would fund the refuges that save lives and stop investing in the institutions that perpetrate state violence on vulnerable survivors.

It's an event not known for its politics but, this year, the theme of the BAFTAs was inherent, persistent and pervasive protest.

Meanwhile, The Death of Stalin and Battle of the Sexes star Andrea Riseborough, who is now starring in TV series Waco, walked down the red carpet with Time's Up activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah and stars including Naomie Harris, Gemma Chan and the United States activist and actress Tessa Thompson expected to be joined by other activists.

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